Mischief-makers will not sit idle

Thursday, 09 May 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Bangladesh's Prime Minister has acted tough against perpetrators of violence unleashed by the Opposition. She must follow it up by continued strong action Hefazat-e-Islam warriors and their leaders had announced repeatedly that they would rather die than leave the Shapla Chattar area of Dhaka, where they had been allowed to...

Towards improved waste treatment

Thursday, 09 May 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Waste recycling, treatment and processing plants are proactive initiatives undertaken particularly in urban areas. But more often than not, the finer aspects of setting up such treatment plants are not adequately attended to On April 13, the small town of Myladi in Kottakal district, Kerala, witnessed widespread protests against a...

They are the country’s pride

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

Gujarat must show its largesse by happily allowing the translocation of some lions to a new habitat in the greater interest of the species. Lions do not ‘belong' to any State; they are our national heritage, and we hold them in custody for the world On April 15 the Supreme Court...

Orderly system has no place in society today

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 | K Datta | in Oped

Why should Army personnel lower down the order be made to work as virtual domestic servants of their seniors, polishing shoes and making purchases? Seeing an Air Force officer in regulation azure half-sleeved shirt and deep blue trousers squeezing into his busy schedule the task of collecting his children from the...

No readymade solution for growth

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

Radical reforms, such as re-designing the tax system and shedding the excess flab of an over-sized bureaucracy, are needed if the Indian economy has to turn a corner. But a beleaguered UPA regime cannot deliver them Soon after President Pranab Mukherjee lamented that multi-national companies are not investing in India to...

Tricky mouse can play politics

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

It would be interesting to see whether social media sites like Twitter or Facebook can determine the way people vote in India. A recent study predicted that Facebook might actually influence the results in 120 Lok Sabha constituencies in the next general election There has been a lot of drama...

Some associations leave you isolated

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

The Trinamool Congress appears to be failing as a Government and as a political party. Its response to the chit fund scam is a firm indication of that Politicians ought to pay attention to some of the wisdom to be found in Newtonian physics. West Bengal's messiah of poriborton, Mamata...

US-China Cold War in Korea

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 | Atul K Thakur | in Oped

The complete loss of bilateral trust in the peninsula is directly proportional to the expansionist interests of Beijing and Washington, DC. While the former patronises Pyongyang, the latter is an ally of Seoul The Korean peninsula is again going through a rough time. North Korea’s nuclear test and South Korea’s...

Taking the people for a ride

Monday, 06 May 2013 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Nalanda University is beguiling the public by claiming that it has international collaboration. Though the university has been in the making since 2007, no foreign Government has legitimately involved itself with the project. It is funded entirely by the Centre On May 2 in the Rajya Sabha, the Union Minister of...

Make optimum use of youth power

Monday, 06 May 2013 | Madhuri Shukla | in Oped

The skills-development initiative launched by the Gujarat Government should be emulated by the Centre to tap into the potential of young India It is a known fact that India's population is huge at 1.21 billion and expanding at a fast rate of 17 per cent. India is among the ‘young'...